The 26th edition of Cairo ICT 2022
Sunday، 27 November 2022 - 12:00 AM
Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research inaugurated on Sunday 27/11/2022 the 26th edition of the International Technology Fair and Forum for the Middle East and Africa for the year 2022 (Cairo ICT 2022) at the International Exhibition Center, New Cairo.
The 4-day event is held during the period from November 27 to November 30, 2022, under the title (Leading Change), focusing on the tremendous development that the technology sector in Egypt has witnessed over the past 25 years.
The inauguration witnessed the presence of Dr. Ali Moselhy, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade; Dr. Mohamed Farid, Chairman of the Financial Regulatory Authority; Mr. Hatem Dowidar, CEO of Etisalat Egypt; Mr. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park; Mr. Maxim Parshin, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation; and Dr. Hesham Farouk, Assistant Minister of Higher Education for Digital Transformation; Dr. Mohamed Amer, Executive Director of the Innovators and Geniuses Fund; Dr. Ahmed Daher, Deputy Minister of Education and Technical Education; and Dr. Amr Farouk, Vice President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
The event, also, witnessed the participation of a number of sponsors, namely: Mr. Ahmed Makki, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Benya Group; Mr. Mohamed Amin, Senior Vice President of META Group, Dell Technologies; Ms. Reem Asaad, Vice President of Cisco for the Middle East and Africa region; Mr. Yasser Shaker, CEO of Orange Egypt; Mrs. Mirna Aref, General Manager of Microsoft Egypt; Mr. Jim Liu, CEO of Huawei Egypt; Mr. Taha Khalifa, Regional Director of Intel For the Gulf, Middle East and Africa region; Mr. Khaled Fawzy, General Manager of (Fortinet) in Egypt, Libya and Sudan; and Mr. Andreas Beck, Managing Director of (Kyndryl) in the Middle East and Africa.
The event will hold several specialized technology exhibitions and conferences, namely PAFIX, DSS, SATCOM, INSURETECH, ManuTech, Startup Africa, and Connecta.
Cairo ICT for 25 years has paved the way for digital transformation, being a regional leader in technology convergence, across Middle East and Africa, according to the Cairo ICT official website.
At the beginning of his speech, Dr. Ayman Ashour welcomed the participating experts and specialists, and representatives of major national, regional and international companies in various fields of technology, praising the participation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the first time as a guest of honor in the current session of this annual event specialized in information and communication technology, explaining that The Ministry deals with about 3 and a half million Egyptian and foreign students, who represent the main component of the national higher education and scientific research system, in addition to the tens of millions of citizens who receive the Ministry’s services, whether knowledge, cultural, educational, training, health and social, in addition to the advisory services it provides.
The minister added that interest in technology in general, and information and communication technology in particular, is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Higher Education since the implementation of the national strategy for the development of higher education in 2000, noting that this axis is one of 25 projects implemented during the last period.
Osama Kamal — CEO of Trade Fairs International, which organised the exhibition — said that this year’s Cairo ICT session is taking place while governments’ interest in technology and its applications has reached its peak given the clear role that technology plays in accelerating the pace of economic development, improving the attractiveness of different countries for investments, and creating a distinguished business climate.
Cairo ICT deals with many and more accurate areas, including the impact of cloud computing and giant international data centres on the sovereignty of countries, as well as the issue of securing countries, institutions, companies, and various entities from the risks associated with digital transformation by allocating a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity applications and technologies based on satellite communication.
This is in light of the revolution taking place in the metaverse — which has become more mature after injecting a lot of capital into it and may result in a comprehensive change in the way people communicate — launching a new stage this year in relation to fintech.
This is after the most prominent global events called for the importance of advanced financial inclusion applications by launching a new accompanying exhibition specialised in insuretech parallel to the activities of the 26th Cairo ICT Exhibition and the second session of the Connecta Exhibition for entertainment technology, including electronic games, smart devices, and Arab-African competitions, all of which are being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Among the most important new events in this session of Cairo ICT, Kamal revealed, will be the holding of a conference for the first time to discuss everything related to manutech, which is sponsored by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, given the state’s interest in fostering manufacturing and export and avoiding supply chain problems globally and regionally.
For his part, Chairperson and CEO of Benya Group Ahmed Makki expressed his happiness at the presence of the group at CairoICT as a main sponsor, stressing the need to find innovative solutions to keep pace with the rapid developments in the world, which Benya group and its subsidiaries always strive to meet for its customers in cooperation with various global and local partners, pointing out that Benya Group, as the main sponsor of the exhibition, aims to review the latest services and innovative technological solutions, in addition to presenting the latest results in its existing projects locally and regionally.
Kamal also pointed out that Cairo ICT is witnessing great momentum at the level of participants, including senior officials, technology leaders, and exhibiting companies, but is particularly celebrating this year the first appearance of the National Emergency and Relief Network, which will display its working mechanisms during the activities of the event.
During the activities, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait and Minister of Education and Technical Education Reda Hegazy attended the signing ceremony of a cooperation protocol between the education ministry and e-finance company to develop financial services offered to citizens nationwide.
The protocol was co-inked by deputy education minister for IT Development Ahmed Daher and Chairperson and Managing Director of e-finance Ibrahim Sarhan.
The two sides agreed on managing and operating a system of non-banking financial services for pre-university education, including e-payment platforms for school fees, installment payments and operation of developed educational platforms serving the education system at large.
In a word he gave at the ceremony, Hegazy said the protocol is part of a strategy developed by the state toward the improvement of all government services offered to citizens.
In turn, Maait said digital transformation has mainly helped solve many problems facing the state, such as bureaucracy.